Cheryl began riding as a child in Vancouver, BC in the 1950’s. She competed locally, provincially, nationally and internationally in the equitation, hunter and show jumping disciplines.
After finishing high school, Cheryl attended an international riding school in Ireland culminating in 1961 when she completed her British Horsemanship Exam.
Following her training, Cheryl returned briefly to Vancouver before spending three and a half years at Leecoll Stables (now the Whitemud Riding Academy) in Edmonton. Cheryl then set out on her own in what evolved into the present Blarney Stone Farms.
Cheryl has taught hundreds of riders to compete competitively at all levels. Cheryl has a unique ability to find a horse that is suitable for a particular rider as well as a profound understanding of how a horse thinks and why it reacts to different situations.
Having recently moved into a more supervisory role, Cheryl is deeply committed to the continued prosperity and success of Blarney Stone Farms.
I’m sort of a jack of all trades here at Blarney as I manage the facility, teach both the school horse program and the competitive show program. I also do all the training on the young horses and client horses.
I started riding at Blarney in 2001 and worked my way up through the lesson horse program and lease horses. I worked full time at the stable during the summers, and every weekend and holiday during the school year and was able to show a few ponies during those days. In 2008 I became a full time working student at Blarney and that was a tremendous opportunity for me. I started out working barns all day and riding as many different kinds of horses as I could all night. I was given the chance to ride many green and barely broke youngsters and take them from their third or fourth ride ever to their first horse show ever and be successful.
I love riding and training horses, it is my passion and I’m so lucky I get paid to do it everyday!
My other passion is teaching and coaching. There’s no better feeling then watching a student you’ve brought up go into the show ring and have a successful round. Whether it’s in the X-Pole class or the 1.20m, you recognize all the hard work they’ve put in to get where they are now and being a part of that journey is something special.
Hello, my name is Janessa, and I have been riding for thirteen years and teaching for five. I started in the Blarney Stone lesson program where I grew up with our lesson horses, many who are still in the program. After years in the program, I leased a few horses and eventually bought my own. This past year I got my second horse “Another Waltz” a young up and coming hunter.
When I’m not riding or dabbling in photography, I’m doing my dream job of teaching some of the lesson horse lessons as well as running our summer camps. Over the past five years of teaching, nothing is better than seeing our students learn, improve and thrive going on to own and lease there own horses and watching them have an extremely successful career.
Since riding with Cheryl Anderson, I have successfully owned, trained and shown many horses in the amateur divisions in horse shows. I have been teaching riders in the competitive program for some time, and now am teaching in the advanced lesson horse program. I also provide assistant coaching at the horse shows. Having worked with Cheryl for so long, and as a former educator, I have a strong understanding of the Blarney Stone system of rider development, and I thoroughly enjoy seeing our riders succeed.